Help Me Out! (Grips)


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Havok7416
February 20, 2013, 05:25 AM
I recently purchased an AMT Javelina, the details of which are in another post. The gun came with what may be the ugliest grips ever produced (see below). I am asking my fellow High Roaders for opinions regarding replacement grips. The gun uses standard 1911 grips. This will be almost exclusively a range toy so I am looking for some kind of exotic wood but I am otherwise open to ideas. So how 'bout it? Pictures will of course follow once I have the gun all prettied up.

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p309/Havok7416/Guns/DSCF3279_zpsc4f06dd1.jpg

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smalls
February 20, 2013, 05:30 AM
VZ grips. Vzgrips.com. Nice looking, and very functional. Some are pretty rough, but they have done that won't tear your hand up. Or if you prefer woods, Sarge's grips (thefinergrain.com)

Solo
February 20, 2013, 05:35 AM
I think Hogue has some wood grips.

Bobson
February 20, 2013, 05:35 AM
I like the grips that came on the gun, but I like the grips offered by vzgrips. That would be my first stop.

meanmrmustard
February 20, 2013, 07:43 AM
I like the grips that came on the gun, but I like the grips offered by vzgrips. That would be my first stop.
This.

I've had them on every CZ I've owned, and for good reason.

surjimmy
February 20, 2013, 08:28 AM
Altamont grips

JTQ
February 20, 2013, 09:05 AM
This will be almost exclusively a range toy so I am looking for some kind of exotic wood but I am otherwise open to ideas.
Is this a typo or are people just not reading what you said.

For the previous posters, VZ doesn't make exotic wood grips, and rubber wraparound grips of course, would not be wood.

Brown's Custom Grips http://www.brownscustomgrips.com

The Finer Grain http://shop.thefinergrain.com

Esmerelda Grips http://www.esmeralda.cc

Hogue http://www.hoguestore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=734_50

Herrett's http://www.herrett-stocks.com

Ahrend's http://www.ahrendsgripsusa.com

g_one
February 20, 2013, 10:20 AM
I don't know how your feelings are on the matter, but I think a long-slide 1911 is complimented absolutely perfectly by Hogue's wraparound grips. (http://www.hoguestore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=734_50) You can get them with finger grooves in all sorts of beautiful wood, or rubber molded

Storm
February 20, 2013, 10:24 AM
Esmeralda.

Havok7416
February 20, 2013, 04:04 PM
Thank you for a handful of websites and ideas that I didn't even think of. This is intended to be a fun exercise, so feel free to post pictures of sample grips. I have been scouring thefinergrain.com and Esmeralda's site in the meantime. When I see a really good set I will buy it.

JTQ, either you are correct in your assessement or there is a much bigger following for synthetic grips than I realized!

Coop45
February 20, 2013, 04:10 PM
Try this (http://www.raascogrips.com/1911-grips--custom-exo1911.html) site. I bought a set of bloodwood grips from them and they are nice. I've seen a set of these engraved http://www.handicraft-vn.com/shop/pistol-grips-1911a1-grips-c-101_102.html horn grips and they are well done too.

Archie
February 20, 2013, 04:14 PM
I prefer plain checkered grips, much as on the Government Model prior to the plastic grips of WWII and following.

Depending on the wood used, the grain can be quite decorative.

I do not know your hand size, but I find all the grips with 'wrap around' feature to exceed the comfort limits of my fingers. And the 'finger-groove' type ALWAYS have the grooves in the wrong place! This may not apply to you, but you should make sure.

About everything made by Herrett's for the Government Model is both functional and attractive. However, they are all tasteful and understated. I'm not sure how much 'bling' you desire.

bigfatdave
February 20, 2013, 04:15 PM
The gun uses standard 1911 grips. This will be almost exclusively a range toy so I am looking for some kind of exotic wood but I am otherwise open to ideas.

Nothing is as cool as mammoth ivory grips
http://www.danchinnock.com/1911-ivory-grips.htm
http://www.danchinnock.com/images/gg529.jpg
http://www.danchinnock.com/images/gg508.jpg

Meh on exotic wood, everyone does that already.

Havok7416
February 20, 2013, 04:43 PM
Those mammoth grips are neat but at $300 I can't possibly justify them. Anything that makes the gun stand out is on the table at this point but price is something to consider. Off the top of my head $60 to $70 sounds about right for the top end.

bigfatdave
February 20, 2013, 05:31 PM
They're too expensive for me, too

My preferred 1911 grips are an attractive but utilitarian AlumaGrips - but I want some mammoth ivory grips, just because. I could afford them, but I'd have to sacrifice something else.

JTQ
February 20, 2013, 05:58 PM
Anything that makes the gun stand out is on the table at this point but price is something to consider.
You already have a stainless steel 1911, with a 7" barrel that shoots 10MM.

Consider that mission accomplished.

Nobody's going to notice the grips (OK, they will, but not until they're done looking at how long that barrel is).;)

rcmodel
February 20, 2013, 06:06 PM
Some of the G10 grips like S&W PC is using is starting to grow on me.

http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson2/upload/images/firearms/detail_md/170344_01_md.jpg


https://vzgrips.com/gun-grips/1911



rc

nyresq
February 20, 2013, 06:40 PM
A big +1 for Esmerelda Grips http://www.esmeralda.cc


I bought a set of ebony grips for a high polish stainless National match Colt and the pistol looks like an heirloom now. Bought another set of some type of english walnut for an officers model with a lighter inlay. Fast shipping and perfect fit.

browningguy
February 20, 2013, 09:02 PM
I'd go to http://www.esmeralda.cc/ and buy a set of her grips, really fine wood and well made. I use hers on most of my hipowers.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/Pistols/bhpcelticcrossgrips2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/Pistols/INGLISHPTICOLOR3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/Pistols/PracticalCocoboloGrips2.jpg

Fremmer
February 20, 2013, 09:12 PM
Just get a nice set of checkered wood grips.

HKGuns
February 20, 2013, 10:46 PM
I have found Altamont to be the best balance of bang for your buck and attractiveness. They do work for a ton of OEM's and do a lot of the TALO model grips as well.

jon_in_wv
February 20, 2013, 11:08 PM
Nice find on the Javelina! Personally I would fine a pair of the original grips for it if it was mine.

Havok7416
February 21, 2013, 05:29 AM
Nice find on the Javelina! Personally I would fine a pair of the original grips for it if it was mine.
This was my original plan but just try finding a set! It's even harder than finding the pistol!

You already have a stainless steel 1911, with a 7" barrel that shoots 10MM.

Consider that mission accomplished.
JTQ, this is true but the grips are as much for me as they are for the nearby droolers. The white faux ivory just doesn't do it for me.

meanmrmustard
February 21, 2013, 09:28 AM
Is this a typo or are people just not reading what you said.

For the previous posters, VZ doesn't make exotic wood grips, and rubber wraparound grips of course, would not be wood.

Brown's Custom Grips http://www.brownscustomgrips.com

The Finer Grain http://shop.thefinergrain.com

Esmerelda Grips http://www.esmeralda.cc

Hogue http://www.hoguestore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=734_50

Herrett's http://www.herrett-stocks.com

Ahrend's http://www.ahrendsgripsusa.com
"Otherwise open to ideas"...means we assume, well, other ideas.

Looks like we read just fine, though.

Havok7416
February 22, 2013, 05:08 AM
I found some neat grips and they should be in my hands in the next month or so (they are shipping from overseas). Pictures will of course follow here once they are attached to my long-nosed beauty.

Greg528iT
February 22, 2013, 11:14 AM
Make some. Cocobola, Ebony and Maple splitting them

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/1911/1911s.jpg

Havok7416
February 22, 2013, 03:45 PM
I'm fairly certain my grip-making skills aren't up to par. I did send my friend some grips off my Taurus since he mentioned he was interested in doing that. He works with wood every day but so far he's been too busy to get back to me.

jon_in_wv
February 23, 2013, 10:33 AM
I did a search online to see if there was any chance I could locate a set of the factory grips with no luck. I did notice ebay has several Colt Delta Elite rubber grips on there. They are very similar to the factory AMT grips.

dajowi
February 23, 2013, 11:41 AM
Check out Wicked Grips.

Havok7416
February 23, 2013, 12:37 PM
I did a search online to see if there was any chance I could locate a set of the factory grips with no luck. I did notice ebay has several Colt Delta Elite rubber grips on there. They are very similar to the factory AMT grips.
The original grips have a partial wrap-around at the front strap. I will continue to look though.

jon_in_wv
February 23, 2013, 04:15 PM
I know. They are the same as the Delta elite grips in shape and texture. The same grips came on my hardballer. The only real difference I see is the logo. Here are the ones I'm talking about.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Colt-Delta-Elite-1911-grips-/251231719227?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7e93cf3b

Havok7416
February 23, 2013, 05:17 PM
Maybe I should make it into a super Delta Elite then? I'm sure THAT would turn some heads!:D

jon_in_wv
February 23, 2013, 06:57 PM
I doubt most shooters would have a clue what they were looking at if it had the factory grips. There aren't too many of those around.

Jaymo
February 23, 2013, 08:59 PM
The factory grips on my AMT Government Model .45 looked like Pachmayrs.
You can never go wrong with Pachmayrs.

Havok7416
February 23, 2013, 09:26 PM
Except that they aren't wood....

nwilliams
February 24, 2013, 01:20 AM
Another vote for Esmeralda grips.

She does 1st class work!

Havok7416
March 22, 2013, 02:17 AM
I finally got my grips in today. They have a neat yin-yang look to them, although the pictures don't show it as well as I'd like.

ETA: I have decided to name her Miss Piggy since it's a Javelina.

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p309/Havok7416/DSCF3288_zps5fda9cd5.jpg

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p309/Havok7416/DSCF3287_zpsb3ee3c85.jpg

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